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Limerick’s Gateway to Education Asking for School Books



Limerick’s Gateway to Education Asking for School Books – Pictured above Karen Keane, Store Manager.

Limerick's Gateway to Education Asking for School Books

At the Limerick Gateway to Education store on Wickham Street – Richard with store manager Karen Keane, salesperson Ross McCoy and charity founder Suzanne Roche. Picture: Billy Butler/ILoveLimerick

Limerick’s Gateway to Education is asking all parents across Limerick to visit their charity store at 9 Wickham Street, to drop off any school books and uniforms that they will not be using the following year to help other Limerick families who are in need.

The charity is four and a half years old and have been at this location for three years and they provide low cost school books and uniforms to the people of Limerick. The cost for books from this charity will be a maximum of €15 which is a bargain to families who may be struggling with the cost of sending a child to school.




Karen Keane, Store Manager explains, “Even if families think oh it’s old, they wont want it, there will be people who will use it. It’s vital that we get any books because we connect with teachers who educate children excluded from school. Those students may need just one book from the current curriculum and one book donated by a family could make a huge difference.”

Karen promises families that they will only get the schoolbook editions that are the current required edition for that specific year.

Karen got involved with Limerick’s Gateway to Education after she was made redundant a year and a half ago. While she was looking for work and new opportunities, she sent her CV to Suzanne Roche the founder and CEO of the charity. Karen adds, “Last year, Limerick’s Gateway to Education reckon they’ve helped 900 different families get school books and uniforms that they need. The most important aspect of the charity is the difference it makes to families and how much it helps them.”

Karen told I Love Limerick about a particular case of one the families the charity helps, “There is a woman that came into us last year. She has five children; four in secondary school and one in primary school. The four children in secondary school were in St. Nessans so they all needed new uniforms last year. The woman thinks we saved her about €4,000. Herself and her partner are unemployed, so they don’t have money to spare like that on books.”

Limerick’s Gateway to Education also has a Homework Club during the academic year every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Check out Limerick’s Gateway to Education’s website here.

For general email enquiries contact [email protected]
Their contact number is (061) 481 633

To check out more news from us about Limerick’s Gateway to Education click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.